Blind Arrogance

The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant (Matthew 21:14-15Open Link in New Window).

Jesus healed many blind and lame people, performing undeniable miracles in the temple. He wasn’t out in the wilderness or on some mountainside in Galilee. He did this publicly in the capital city of Jerusalem and in the temple, no less. There could be no doubt that God was doing something amazing. The children innately realized this and shouted praises to Jesus as the Messiah. The people even recognized that honored Jesus as a prophet (v. 46). But the chief priests and the teachers of the law were blinded to the significance of the miracles being performed before their very eyes. They were threatened by Jesus because He had real power and authority from heaven. They only had empty intellectual knowledge and lacked true authority from heaven because they were probably not priests in the line of Aaron. They were shams. They were hypocrites. And the powerful authenticity of Jesus threatened to expose them.

This causes me to pause and examine myself. Am I a sham? Am I a hypocrite? Will my pride cause me to resist a move of God, blinding me even to an obvious minister sent by the Heavenly Father?

Lord, humble me before You. Let me never have pride. I know I do have a lot of pride. Please remove pride from me so that I will be unaware of my own needs and my own fame or reputation. Instead, let me receive Your love always and delight in your presence and favor. Let me do Your work on earth, never for my glory, but always for Yours. Let me be like the little children who shouted Your praise because they recognized You. Help me to recognize You always and similarly shout praises to You. Open the eyes my heart, Lord, that I may see You and worship You. Hallelujah! 

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